GNC Accused of Selling Drug-Spiked Supplements

A lawsuit accuses the chain of selling fitness supplements advertised as "all-natural" that were allegedly spiked with synthetic drugs.
2:20 | 10/23/15

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Back now with that lawsuit against nutrition superstore gnc accused of selling supplements spiked with dangerous drugs. ABC's T.J. Holmes is here with the details. Good morning, T.J. Reporter: Hey, good morning to you, Lara. We have to remember these are not like medicines. Companies do not have to prove that a supplement is safe or effective before putting it on the market. Now, gnc accused of putting stuff out there that was laced with two ingredients that had no business in those bottles. This morning gnc hit with a major lawsuit, accused of knowingly selling fitness supplements advertised as all natural that were actually spiked with synthetic drugs. The Oregon attorney general going after gnc for allegedly misrepresenting 22 workout and fat-burner supplements stating some contained two synthetic drugs. Picamilon used to treat a variety of neurological conditions and bmpea similar to amphetamine and claiming that gnc knew both products were considered unlawful dietary supplements. Gnc has come under astronautny before. In March they agreed to stricter testing of its herbal supplements after a New York attorney general investigation revealed some of them didn't actually contain any of the herbs on the label. Companies that or sell herbal supplements have a responsibility to make sure their products contain every ingredient that's on the label and do not include ingredients that are not on the label. Reporter: But this time, the largest retailer in the industry is fighting back. Telling ABC news overnight, the Oregon attorney general's accusations are without merit and in response to fda statements regarding the regulatory status of bmpea and picamilon, gnc promptly took action to remove from sale all products containing those ingredients. All right. Who here takes supplements? Half of all Americans do take these things. Often we have no idea what's in them because they're not regulated the way medicines are. They could face a fine of $25,000 per violation. We're talking about thousands of possible violations but that disclaimer is on every supplement you took. It says these claims have not been verified by the fda so a lot of regulation, a lot of people say should be in place. All right, T.J., thank you.

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